The Indian woman using her body to fight for equality- BBC
I am so fascinated by provocative people. Perhaps it's because of my upbringing- Christian home in the midwest of the US where keeping in line and appeasing as many people as possible are very highly valued qualities...that any type of behaviour that ruffles feathers or makes others feel uncomfortable, it challenges me. And inspires me. And this fellow female, Mallika Taneja, she is definitely in the business of provocation! The message she is bringing about couldn't come at a better time either. She begins by standing in front of the crowd completely nude for 8 minutes straight and proceeds to put clothes on for the rest of the performance. Through her nudity and dress, she is raising a very important point at a very important time...
"Be a little careful" is a phrase which though often used with concern, is still a subtle form of victim shaming in cases of sexual assault. Women are often asked why were they out that late at night? Why were they alone with men? Why were they dressed a certain way? They are constantly told that if something happens to them, then they are also partially responsible, that they should have "been a little careful".
Read this feature of her featured on BBC.co.uk all the way through, my favourite part is her tenacity which really speaks loudly at the end...
The Indian woman using her body to fight for equality
Image copyrightCLAUDIA PAJEWSKI
Imagine a young woman beginning a performance standing naked on a stage. In conservative Indian society, it is very hard to imagine but for playwright and actor Mallika Taneja, the body is the most powerful tool in the battle for women's equality. She told the BBC's Ayeshea Perera what motivates her.
"The first time I performed naked in a truly public space ...it was great fun.
"There was a camera person there and if you watch his footage you can see a jerk when the lights come on because he literally fell over in shock. And someone in the audience said 'Aiyo!'," Mallika Taneja recalls, laughing.
But although it is the most talked about aspect of her play, the 33-year-old says nudity is not the point of her piece...
Story and photos courtesy of: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
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